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  • CHARTER

    (as amended- November 2, 2016)

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    Article 1. Name


    Section 1.01- Name Name The name of this organization shall be the National Association of State Boards of Geology (ASBOG®).


    ARTICLE 2. Purpose

    Section 2.01- Purpose. The purpose of ASBOG® shall be to provide an organization through which Member Boards may act and counsel together to better discharge their responsibilities in administering the practice of geology. ASBOG® shall not be organized for profit.


    ARTICLE 3. Membership

    Section 3.01- Member Board. A Member Board shall be the State Board or other legal entity constituted by respective states, territories, and the District of Columbia of the United States of America to administer the practice of geology. Member Boards shall pay dues as set forth in the Bylaws.

    Section 3.02- Member. A Member shall be a licensed/registered geologist on a Member Board or a designated representative of that Board.

    Section 3.03- Voting Delegate. A Voting Delegate shall be a Member designated by a Member Board to represent that Member Board at Annual or Special Meetings. A Member Board shall have only one Voting Delegate at each Annual or Special Meeting. The roll of Voting Delegates shall be confirmed at the beginning of each Annual or Special Meeting.

    Section 3.04- Affiliate Organization Member. ASBOG® may invite organizations with a substantial interest in geology or licensure/registration of geologists to join ASBOG® as an Affiliate Organization Member on an annual basis. Affiliate Organization Members shall pay dues as set forth in the Bylaws.

    Section 3.05- Affiliate Members. An Affiliate Member shall be a designated representative of the Affiliate Organization Member. Affiliate Members may be members of committees, but may not chair committees; they may have the floor in discussions at Annual Meetings, but do not have the privilege of a vote.

    Section 3.06- Associate Member Board. ASBOG® may recognize as an Associate Member Board any state that has enacted legislation to regulate the profession of geology and has provided a mechanism for that regulation. Associate Member Board status may be conferred for a period of two (2) years or until such time as three hundred (300) persons have been licensed/registered, at which time said state must convert to Member Board status or petition the full membership of ASBOG® to extend its Associate Member Board status. Associate Member Boards shall pay dues as set forth in the Bylaws.

    Section 3.07- Associate Board. An Associate Member shall be a licensed/registered geologist on an Associate Member Board or a designated representative of that Associate Member Board. Associate Members may serve on committees, but may not chair committees; they may have the floor in discussions at Annual Meetings, but do not have the privilege of a vote.

    Section 3.08- International Organization Member. ASBOG® may recognize as an International Organization Member any entity outside of the United States that functions in a manner similar to ASBOG® to promote, foster, and advance the common interests and purposes of its constituents. International Organization Members will not be assessed annual membership fees when reciprocal membership arrangements exist. When reciprocal arrangements do not exist, then fees will be assessed as provided in the Bylaws.

    Section 3.09- International Member. An International Member shall be a designated representative of an International Organization Member. International Members may serve on committees, but may not chair committees; they may have the floor in discussions at Annual Meetings, but do not have the privilege of a vote.

    Section 3.10- Member-At-Large. A Member-at-Large shall be a licensed/registered geologist who has formerly been either a Member of any category or a Subject Matter Expert participant in an examination workshop that has been selected by, and serves at the pleasure of, the Executive Committee for this designation. They may have the floor in discussions at Annual Meetings but do not have the privilege of a vote.

    Section 3.11- Withdrawal of Membership. ASBOG® membership may be withdrawn by giving written notice to the Executive Committee at least six months in advance of the proposed withdrawal date. Withdrawal of membership does not abrogate or abolish in any manner the legal obligation to satisfy any outstanding indebtedness at the time of withdrawal. In no event shall there be a refund of any previous payments made to ASBOG®. Reinstatement of membership will be subject to the provisions of the ASBOG® Bylaws.

    Section 3.12- Termination of Membership. ASBOG® may terminate membership by providing written notice of at least six months in advance of the next scheduled Annual Meeting. A two- thirds vote at an Annual or Special Meeting will be required for termination. All Member Boards will be notified of the pending action. Reinstatement of membership will be subject to the provisions of the ASBOG® Bylaws.


    ARTICLE 4. Officers

    Section 4.01- Officers. The officers of ASBOG® shall be the President, President Elect, Treasurer, Secretary, and Immediate Past President. The officers and the Executive Director shall comprise the Executive Committee. The Executive Director shall serve as a non-voting member of the Executive Committee.

    Section 4.02- Term of Office. The Term of office for each officer shall be for one year, beginning January 1
    Section 4.02.01- The President Elect, Treasurer, and Secretary shall progressively suceed to the presidency.
    Section 4.02.02- The President shall be ineligible for re-election as President Elect until completing the term as Immediate Past President.
    Section 4.02.03- The Immediate Past President shall serve for one year immediately following the term as President.
    Section 4.02.04- The slate of officers shall be adopted by ASBOG® at each Annual Meeting in a manner prescribed in the Bylaws. Newly adopted officers shall assume their offices on January 1 following that Annual Meeting.
    Section 4.02.05- Officers may continue to serve until the conclusion of the term of office to which they are elected, even if their terms on Member Boards have ended.

    Section 4.03- Qualifications. Any person who is a citizen of the United States of America and a geologist licensed/registered by a Member Board at the time of nomination is eligible to hold an elective office; with the following exceptions: An Affiliate Member who holds an executive office or executive position in an Affiliate Organization Member is not eligible to be an executive officer of ASBOG® while holding such office or position in that organization. Associate Members and International Members are not eligible to be an officer of ASBOG®.

    Section 4.04- Vacancies. A vacancy in the office of President shall be passed to the President Elect. All other vacancies, except that of President Elect, shall be filled by appointment by the President.

    Section 4.05- Duties. The duties of the officers of ASBOG® shall be those prescribed in the Bylaws.


    ARTICLE 5. Executive Director

    Section 5.01- Executive Director. An Executive Director shall be selected and contracted by the Executive Committee to conduct the daily business of ASBOG®.


    ARTICLE 6. Meetings

    Section 6.01- Annual Meetings. ASBOG® shall hold an Annual Meeting as provided for in the Bylaws.

    Section 6.02- Special Meetings. Special Meetings may be called as provided for in the Bylaws.


    ARTICLE 7. Finances

    Section 7.01- Dues. Annual dues for Member Boards, Associate Member Boards, Affiliate Organization Members, and International Organization Members shall be in accordance with the Bylaws.

    Section 7.02- Funds and Budgets. The Treasurer shall provide an annual accounting, presenting the budgets, accounting, and finances of ASBOG®, in accordance with the Bylaws.


    ARTICLE 8. Amendments

    Section 8.01- Amendments. This Charter may be amended at any Annual Meeting by an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the Voting Delegates, provided that the amendment proposed shall have been sent to the Executive Committee and to Member Boards at least ninety (90) days prior to the date of the Annual Meeting. Voting shall be by article and section.

    Section 8.02- Effective Date of Amendments. An amendment to the Charter shall become effective immediately upon its adoption.


    ARTICLE 9. Proxy Votes

    Section 9.01- Proxy Votes. Member Board proxy votes must be submitted in writing on an official ASBOG® form as provided for by the Executive Committee.

    Section 9.02- Provision. All proxies shall be confirmed at the beginning of each Annual Meeting.


    Last Updated:January 13, 2017